One of the most ground-breaking benefits of dynamic web programming is content management systems that can make internet life for content editors much easy and their work more attractive visually.
Try to put yourself in the shoes of an editor of an online newspaper or magazine. You are creative in your writings and know a lot about the content you write about. Nevertheless, these skills on their own aren’t sufficient to be able to function in an online “news” source. You must at least possess the very basic knowledge on the functions and the tags of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). You must also be able to create codes for the presentations of your articles. This procedure of writing web articles can be quite frustrating and tiring to you, if you haven’t ever heard about CMS’s (Content Management Systems).
Content Management Systems are very much like personal automated web page authors. You compose your articles, surveys, and rating systems as if you are making use of a word processor or a visual editing program. Motivated by the data you put in, the CMS will store all of these in a database and will then translate them into HTML. CMS basically acts like a translator between you and the browsers through the creation of very user friendly graphical interfaces.
More generally, CMS have a front-end and a back-end. The front-end clearly refers to the face of the site that each visitor can see. The back-end is the user-friendly graphical interface where you can modify your content or the template using the help of the many wizards that these systems supply. Let’s imagine that you need to write a code for a user-upload function in the site, or a survey system that would make it possible for users to vote on your articles; you won’t even require to use Dreamweaver, Frontpage, or any kind of HTML editor; as there are already hundreds of modules that are written for different CMS’s. All you need to do is just download the module to your server and install it.
There are many online CMS systems which are presented as freeware. Nevertheless, here are two suggestions for other user groups;
Typo3: If you think you are professional enough and think you can deal with some PHP coding, this sturdy and very flexible system is just for you.
Mambo: If you prefer not to deal with PHP coding, and prefer to work on it as a hobby, then Mambo should be your choice as it doesn’t require the user to change much and is already supported by many ready-to-install modules and templates.
In conclusion, CMS can make our lives a lot more easy then before whilst making our sites a lot more attractive. They are the “operating systems”, personal coders and free translators of the web.
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